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« : August 13, 2004, 07:02:53 AM »

Caught the last half of Sabata on the Western Channel last night (after watching the first half of da Bears exhibition game, blech!).  This was surprisingly decent for a spag, still stupid as hell but at least it was watchable.  Great Morricone score, this is the best non-Leone score from him that I've heard.


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« #1 : August 13, 2004, 10:31:21 AM »

I find them a little stupid. William Berger with the gun banjo. Kinda a James Bond bandwagon jump.

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« #2 : August 13, 2004, 03:53:35 PM »

Actually the music for Sabata was by Marcello Giombini.
It was a catchy theme though agreed.

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« #3 : August 14, 2004, 03:10:29 AM »

Wow, I could've sworn that was a Morricone soundtrack.
He did a good job of copying the style.  Looked him up on imdb, included in his not very glorious body of work is a parody called "For a Few Dollars LESS" -  I thought all these spags were parodies  ???


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« #4 : August 14, 2004, 07:11:50 AM »

I thought Sabata was a bit weightless to be honest, on of the worst of the best known SWs. It annoyed me that banjo gets turned into a villain, he obviously has the potential to be an awesome hero.


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« #5 : August 14, 2004, 10:59:46 AM »

SABATA, great title, great main track, lousy movie. Even worse was YUL BRYNNER'S stab at the title character in ADIOS SABATA (1971?). :o


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« #6 : August 15, 2004, 08:43:08 AM »

Sabata was a fun film. Not great by any stretch. Lots of gadgets to amuse. No where near the likes of The Big Gundown or The Great Silence in the ranks of the non Leone SW.


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« #7 : December 02, 2004, 06:06:43 PM »

This is on the Westerns Channel RIGHT NOW.


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« #8 : April 02, 2005, 12:50:46 AM »

has anyone seen sabata or the return of sabata ? these are coming out on dvd in Aug. in the UK as is death rides a horse.
i have read about sabata and it sounds interesting, can anyone help?


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« #9 : April 02, 2005, 03:19:24 AM »

The first Sabata is a great film, starring Lee Van Cleef and William Berger.  A good twisting story with lots of action, and circus stunts!  Would probably make my Top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.  The SW Web Board recently carried out a poll of top SW's, and it was rated 17th.

However..... Return of Sabata is, in my opinion, appalling!  It takes the whole circus thing far to far.  About the worst of the SW's I have seen.  Incidently it was ranked 70th in the poll.

Death Rides a Horse is better than both!


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« #10 : April 02, 2005, 05:16:43 AM »

I know I've said this before, but personally I'm not a big fan of "Sabata".  I thought it had some good moments, but on the whole it was cheesy and overwrought.  I seem to recall there being a shootout every two minutes or so, and I thought the circus acrobat was a completely stupid and moronic character.  Lee Van Cleef was very good, though, and William Berger was okay.



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« #11 : April 02, 2005, 07:08:13 PM »

  Sabata is in my top twenty spaghetties.  Good performances from LVC and William Berger and lots of fun overall.  Theme song that will get stuck in your head.

  And you didn't mention it, but the other Sabata sequel, Adios Sabata, sometimes called Indio Black, is enjoyable.  Only bad part is Yul Brynner in bellbottoms.  Quite an outfit.

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« #12 : April 03, 2005, 04:01:31 AM »

Derringdo - I've not seen Adios Sabata/Indio Black yet.  Is it closer to the original, or "Return"?  Or is it quite different.  As I understand it, it is not officially a sequel in any event.


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« #13 : April 03, 2005, 08:51:25 AM »

Cheers for that.


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« #14 : April 07, 2005, 06:02:14 AM »

Thanks gents, for me the madder a film the better!! apart from the dollars trilogy, i loved Django kill, companeros like i say the madder the better!


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